Kid Art (1982): Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders Whelan 1982

Neil Whelan describes his fine work:

On 12 June 1981, Raiders Of The Lost Ark was released in America. Alongside Star Wars, it was a defining film for a generation and 30 years later it’s still one of my top three favourite films of all time.

As was the tradition back in those days before DVD and high definition, films stayed at the cinema for months [after] their initial release rather than being pulled from screens after a couple of weeks.

By the look of this old text book, I didn’t get to see it until 17 April 1982, eventually reviewing it the following Thursday. I think I summed up the plot pretty well and you can instantly see what my favourite scene was.

You have to admit, it is a damn good plot summary, and he nails the scene.

3 Responses to “Kid Art (1982): <em>Raiders of the Lost Ark</em>”

  1. 1 leftylimbo July 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Bahaa! That scene is epic. I just realized that about movie longevity. Why is it that movies don’t last long in the theaters these days? Do they try to rush it to DVD to push sales?

  2. 2 Anon July 20, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Please tell me that there is somewhere I can go to read his entire review of the movie. And while I believe video sales definitely has something to do with it, the bottom line is it has been a good 20 years since I would pay to see a movie in the theater more than once.

  3. 3 2W2N July 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    That is the entire review! What else is there to say?

    A movie will stay in the theater as long as it’s making more money there than it would on DVD. The Harry Potter movies had long theatrical runs, for instance. The Conan the Barbarian remake did not.

    There are fewer movies with long theatrical runs because movies are not the only source of entertainment anymore. They compete with the internet and home theaters.

    I thought theater attendance had gone down since the ’80s, but it hasn’t. It’s gone up. Why do people continue to pay more and more to see less and less quality? Cowboys and Aliens or whatever shit blockbuster Hollywood is serving up these days?

    I don’t know. The only answer I can think of is that going to the movies is one of the only communal activities left in America. But why would I want to sit with a bunch of people who thought Cowboys and Aliens was going to be good?

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